I didn't really listen to music very much in my early years, I wasn't into the pop and rock stuff people at school were listening to and anyway, I was too busy playing with my action figures. My dad gave me a tape player radio for my 13th birthday and by accident I tuned into the John Peel show. I was hooked straight away by the avant garde records he was playing, whether it was weird indie, punk or early techno, this was not music I had ever heard before and I realised I had a powerful thirst to hear more.
After that, I sought out tapes of the artists I had heard on his show, I discovered I liked hip hop and started going to record stores to hear more. Eventually I got a part time job in Noizy Boys records in Torquay and that's when I really got my record collecting addiction and learned to dj. I listened to and watched a lot of different people mix and cut in that store, Steve Cross, Joe "Freeze" Taylor, Steve Barber, Jay Welch to name a few. Also I met a Dan and Scott Jones who introduced me into an even wider scope of music and opened my eyes into the world of production. I always tried to pick up various techniques and tricks from everybody I saw and heard, continually developing my own style into a chaotic mish-mash of underground rhythms.
Another friend Winston Conway kindly built me my first computer and gave me lots of music software so I could start making my own tracks. I found I loved messing about with samples and this became the basis of my loop heavy style.
After that, endless sessions with friends, lots of nights out to various music events and parties, occasional dj bookings and constant all night mixes with dj Chalky helped to whittle away the years. I moved to London and my record habit increased. I found I loved hunting around for a particular track or spending all day sniffing out bargains from tiny run down shops like Cheapo Cheapo and Mr CD. Now I live in Torquay again and I put more time into making music and try hard to get the best out of my very limited equipment.
Top ten tracks and lp's of all time:
- Aphex Twin – Selected ambient works 85 - 92
- Raekwon the chef – Only built for Cuban links
- Gangstarr – Hard to earn
- Jeff Mills aka Millsart - Humana
- Autechre – Tri repetae
- Dopplereffekt – Gesamtkunstwerk
- A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
- Carl Craig aka Psyche - Elements
- Diamond D - Stunts, blunts and hip hop
- Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stoneflower
- Drexciya - Neptunes lair